Le chat du rabbin

Le chat du rabbin

DVD - 2013 | French
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A cat belonging to a widowed Rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat spares no group or individual as he skewers faith, tradition and authority. The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa.


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Oct 18, 2013

3.5) “The Rabbi's Cat” I liked it because it speaks, beyond the artist's intent, of an essential Jewish question. The animated movie is about two elder “cousins”, one Jew and one Muslim, on a quest to explore parts of the world they have never seen. They get along because they intend to do. They see two extremists killed for being too dedicated to selfish principals. The cat is the impartial narrator, but it has a bias. Paradise is found, but isn't one.

Here is a Jew, the author, whom wishes not to pass along a heritage to his children; rather to assist them to make a heritage. Yet, as much as he denies his roots the more they are the central spokes of his stories. I suspect his attitude is not unrelated to the fact he is a French Jew in a country becoming increasingly publicly antisemitic.


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